When I received my first large classic Brifcase 6 Month ago I thought I never need to buy one again. Some month later I have bought six of them in different coulers and sizes and the next one is ordered already. I just can not say no to a friend or family member telling me he/she always wanted a piece like that. Together with more of 100 Saddleback products I gave away for X-mas I now have my own pretty large Saddleback family around me. Thank you Dave and Susette, Agni
I was given this bag for my birthday a few years ago. At first I was a little humbled by the price, but after carrying it for a year the biggest complaint I can find is that it is just as stiff as the day it arrived. This is even after leaving it on the trunk of a coworkers car and watching in horror as they drove off and the bag skidded to the pavement at about 30 MPH. It was scuffed, but after rubbing it down with some leather conditioner you would be hard pressed to see any damage. It looks good with casual clothes and suits alike. It will be the last bag I need. Short of theft or loss I could not imagine replacing it. It looks great, and the craftsmanship is second to none.
One of my good friends got me on to the Saddleback brand and I have been a fan since. I now have the medium wallet, moleskine cover and now the medium classic briefcase all in the coffee color, and I don't know where to start!! I was worried that I did not buy the right size since Dave says guys over 6 feet should look at the larger briefcase but, I am quiet happy with the medium. When I first got it I had to put all my everyday essentials in it and I accomplished that with plenty of room. I will be happy with this bag for a long time!
I have both a large & xtra-large. The large will hold a 15" laptop, and the xtra-large will hold a 17" laptop. The large (pictured, hopefully) is just about a year old now, and has been on about 110 plane rides. It's the one I use every day. With everything in it that I carry, it weighs about 24 pounds (according to the scales at airports). I use a caribiner to carry water hanging off the D-ring. The front flap isn't even broken in yet; at least it doesn't feel like it is. This bag took the place of a high-end rolling laptop case, and I wouldn't switch back to it. I believe it states on one of the videos not to overpack this bag. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. It gets mighty heavy walking from terminal C to terminal A west in PHL. I have absolutely no complaints about this bag.
I've had my bag for over a year now and it's the BEST briefcase I've ever owned! It's getting worn in and more supple every day. I switch from briefcase to knapsack mode often and it is so fast and easy to do that it's hard to believe. Fits perfectly underneath airline seats and in overheads. It is AWESOME!!!!!
This bag is utter perfection. I have the XL in Coffee, and carry my laptops (note...Multiple Laptops), power cords, routers, and I STILL have enough room for a change of clothes, toiletries, and a first-aid and survival kit.
I am always getting compliments on this thing -- I've literally had people stop me in the street to ask where I got my bag from.
To my future wife: You'll have to be okay with polygamy, because this bag is my first love.
I've had a tobacco brown medium bag now for about 6 months. My beautifuly Johnston and Murphy bag now sits in the corner. I love this bag! I carry my 15" laptop in it all the time. I use the straps and wear it as a backpack all the time for work. Get complements all the time. Fits under an airplane seat. Best thing? I strap it to my motorcycle to and from work when I ride. I did struggle with the caribiner type clasp for the straps: they would not stay screwed on tight. So Bettsy at your shop had me sent it back and you're putting the clasp on it. Terrific! I just had you send me some Chamberlain's leather milk to condition and maybe darken it a bit (coffee brown). Now I'm starting to lust after the backpack...dark coffee brown...gotta be. Thanks for a great product! Jerry.
This is a great bag and I wholeheartedly give it five stars. I can put my Lenovo Thinkpad, small notebook, travel first aid kit, mouse, wireless hotspot, miscellaneous cables, Leatherman, odds and ends and still have plenty of room for whatever shows up during the day needing a place to hide out (Remington 1911A1 Enhanced for instance). And I'm told it's the best looking manpurse by everyone who sees it.
There are a couple on things that aren't perfect - (1) One rivet popped out after a couple of months. Not a big deal, I put in a chicago screw instead of sending it back for repair - I didn't want to go without the bag for a week or two! Its on one of the straps and is hidden so I'm not worried about it. (2) The strap isn't quite long enough to use as a backpack on my 6' tall 290 lb body. If your chest is less than 72" around you'll be fine. Again, not a big deal - I bought some of Dave's d-ring straps to use on the rare occasions I actually make it into a back pack. (3) the biggest problem is the shoulder strap screw links can come loose at random times. I'll go to pick up the bag and the strap has come loose. I guess I can get out the vise grips and snug it down, but them I won't be able to remove it without a tool. It may just be my strap and not a common problem.
Other than that, this thing is bullet proof.
I agonized for over a year - trying to justify, not only to my wife, but to myself - the cost of getting one of these bags. The day it arrived, as many others have commented, the house filled with the intoxicating aromas that only a high quality leather can provide. Upon first glance, it was BIG, it was OVER ENGINEERED, it was AS PROMISED!
Over the past 7 or 8 months that I've had it, I've (and just as importantly, the wife ;) ) got over the initial cost - like my Audi A6; our Wusthof knives; my Omega Seamaster and so many other material objects we're able to afford, quality is a key factor to enjoying Saddleback Leather products. I now know that this is the last bag I'll buy (sorry Dave and crew...)
I took my bag on vacation to NYC recently and once we pulled up to the valet at the Intercontinental and proceeded to unload the car, the valet saw the bag and started asking all about it. He was so impressed with it that he asked if he could show his coworker who was about 15 ft away. The coworker came over and they both continued to praise the bag, asking where I got it, how much... all the usual questions. When the wife and I checked in, we couldn't help but be amazed by the fact that, here were two guys that handle luggage all day long, at a respectable hotel, in one of the largest cities in the world and they're impressed by the bag that I now own.
Next, a strategic development retreat for the management of our company. Seated next to our president for the 2 day event, during a break, our president began a conversation about the bag. Much like the valets in NYC, questions about where, how much, etc ensue. When I get to price, he just nods his head, knowingly and points to his leather bag from another manufacturer that he bought 18 years ago and says to me - it's a wise investment that you'll carry well into the future. I agree with him completely - I've always compromised on notebook bags and they only lasted me a year or so (thanks to the macbook pro 17" that I lug around daily).
So, in short, if you're on the fence about buying this bag and find that it's in your budget but questioning whether you need a bag of this quality - just do it, you won't be sorry.
Several months ago I purchased the medium classic briefcase in tobacco brown and each day I grow more and more fond of it. The briefcase is built to last. I received several compliments on it and will continue to refer others to the Saddleback website.
The medium size works well for me. I am 5'10" and weigh about 165lbs. I am not an academic but rather work in a hospital. Subsequently, I don't need room to carry large textbooks everyday but rather carry my iPad, a notebook for notes, and assorted other knick-knacks like a point and shoot camera. The medium size is sufficiently large enough to accommodate everything I need to carry on a daily basis without being too heavy. As the website recommends I too would suggest a medium for someone equal to my size who doesn't need to carry around their office.
I went with the tobacco brown color because I believe it will show the marks of use over time and in doing so it will acquire more character.
I highly recommend this product and company for anyone looking for a quality briefcase that is capable of lasting a long, long, long time.
The construction of this bag is remarkable. Expectations will be exceeded and not by a small margin. Get used to hearing: "What a beautiful briefcase." Because you will hear it often. Overload it, toss it around, beat it up, it does not matter. The bag just keeps coming back for more and looks better and better as the days go by. If you appreciate fine craftsmanship, timeless style, and exceptional utility, this is the bag for you. Cry once and buy this bag, you will be happy that you did.
I purchased the large Classic Briefcase about four weeks ago. My brother calls it a "man bag", but every time he sees it he wants to smell the bag. He may not know why, but I do. It is the memories of youth brought back. The first thing I do whenever I pick the bag up is smell the leather. Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers fill my mind and I am transported back to those days of playing summer work-up games with my Nellie fielders glove and Roy first base glove. Used those same gloves for the rest of my playing days, Babe Ruth, high school and college.
What the hell does this all mean? I don' t know for sure, but I do still have those gloves after 48 years and hope to have this bag at least as long. Being 62 that will not happen, but I do know this bag has brought more feelings and memories and future memories than anything I have purchased since those gloves. Thank you Saddleback folks, there just may be magic in your bags..
I travel the Midwest for work. I wanted something durable but nice - but I never expected so many comments. But not because it is ostentatious - because it is so cool. People immediately comment on the quality and ask if it is new. I reply nope and it gets better and better over time. My main goal was not to be everybody else with the same cheesy bags. So I will admit I was totally impressed in the extreme high quality of this bag. Begrudgingly I recommend it but not too much because I like being unique! In fact once on a plane the guy in the middle row looked down and saw my bag on the left and the thinner version on the guy to the right. He was sold by the end of the flight.
i wast alot of money on stuff that i use all the time and it dont llast. The Classic Briefcase is the best bag i ever got in my life i take it every where i go i love this bag.This bag is big and it looks awesome i like how it turns in to a backpack that comes to use for me alot. I go out my way to tell every one i meet about this web site i tell them that it is run by a hard working very loveing people around you cant find many people like this this day and age and i let them know how awesome all the stuff is and how well made there items are.
I absolutely, hands down, LOVE my SBL Limited Edition Small Briefcase!! I got so lucky to get my hands on one of them! Frist off, the customer service, WOW I spoke with one of the ladies on the saddleback leather team and she answered all my questions about the color, the size, & the suede lining, the works! We even talked about bag charms! I couldn't thank SBL enough for their help; she literally went above and beyond! They really are a GREAT example of what customer service really means. Next I *HOPE* Dave will come back with the small briefcase! I??????m about 5??????3 and weigh about 110lbs, so I??????m on the small side, with that being said, the small briefcase is perfect for petite women. Although this is known to be a ??????man bag?????? women can pull it off just as well, that was one concern of mine. I get tons of compliments non-stop and often get sad to tell them it was limited edition (the size). I love the durability and the sturdiness of the bag. The bag is so beautiful and the quality craftsmanship is to be treasured! I feel like Indiana Jones, literally every time I walk out the door! All the men in my family are planning to invest in SBL products! Thank you so much SBL! You??????ve made one happy lass!
I have wanted a bag like this before I even heard of Saddleback Leather. When I found Saddleback on Art of Manliness, I was amazed at the look and quality, but I couldn't imagine paying that much for a bag. However, I have been seeking to apply the principle of buying quality and using it for life. Knowing that I had wanted the bag for years, I knew I wouldn't get tired of it. So, I saved for several months and finally purchased my back in January of this year.
Since then, it has been across the continent with me. I have taken it to business meetings, ministry appointments, and even converted it into a backpack as I hiked to work without my car one day.
The bag is everything I hoped it would be. It fits my personality, communicating manliness, professionalism, and adventure. I get several compliments on it every day, and I can't imagine not owning it now. It already has a lot of stories. Can't wait to make more and hand this bag down to my son one day as a badge of honor.
I've had this briefcase for a couple years now and it is just getting better. Took it to a doctor's appointment and the doctor was so impressed he got one for himself.
As others have stated, this bag is very strong and carries a lot more than you think it can. I've used it both over-the-shoulder and as a backpack, and in either mode it is comfortable and easy to access. The appearance just gets better with use, and it is pretty much indestructible.
This was the first bag I purchased from Saddleback. Since then I've bought a couple more plus several accessories for me and have given a bag as a gift. Every other bag I've looked at either on-line or in person has been a poor second choice to this one.
I work on an Oil drilling rig off the coast of Africa. I have the extra large briefcase and it is the only bag I take with me when I "go to work." See, I work 28 days on, 12 hours a day 7 days a week for that period. Our shirts have blue collars, I bathe AFTER work and I rely on tools to make my living. My boots are an integral part of my "kit." This bag takes the abuse of being handled by baggage handlers at airports that are best described as "rugged" and never seems to care.
The bumps and scrapes only seem to make it more beautiful. I happen to hold an advanced degree and I lecture at a local university periodically. This bag fits right in. Some of the students in my friend's classes ask about my "Indiana Jones Bag" and I just tell them "Dr. Jones would have loved this bag, It has a secret compartment."
I can easily carry 4 days worth of clothing along with a laptop, ereader, and all the assorted cables and accoutrements associated with a modern professional. I recommend the Cable Bag as a must have accessory. It fits nicely under one of the interior front pockets for more efficient use of space.
This bag is more useful than any other bag I have ever owned simply because it is simple. There are not 40 thousand pockets involved so you know exactly where everything is all the time.
You will never regret buying this bag.
Notice, as you read these reviews, that anything below a 5 out of 5 star rating is rare sight. Why? Because these bags are absolutely amazing! The bag is a work of art. You will turn heads when you walk into a room with it. Everywhere I go, people ask about the bag and want to see it. I've had it for 4 days and I already have 5 co-workers thinking about buying one. This is the type of purchase you will be proud you decided to make. You will look for excuses to carry around stuff with it. If you are on the fence like I was about buying one because of the price, think of it as an investment that you'll use for the rest of your life. I look forward to reading your review of the leather once you buy it :-). Warning: Be aware of which size you need. I ordered a large and my 15 1/2 inch laptop just barely fits. It has enough room for books, a binder, pens, laptop charger and a few other things with the laptop in it. If you need more space, I would definitely suggest getting the extra large - or getting one of his backpacks.
Truly and sincerely and truthfully: Fantastic stuff, better than pix and vids can depict I picked chestnut and boy it looks wonderful The texture feels very sturdy and thick, virile, but not aggressive. The construction looks like it is indeed waranty-able for 100 years. I dont like the swivel clips (to open, one needs to unscrew them and it can be a hassle as the screw needs to be properly aligned) and will see how to change them, but thats a matter of personal taste/mania. I would use ones used in sail boats, so I know they are rust-proof and sturdy. The briefcase is so big, one could use it as a travel bag. It doesnt fit in my motorcycle trunk so I've had to use the shoulder strap and turn this beast into a back pack to drive back home, which is real cool, actually. I didnt feel the heavy weight when it was turned into a backpack. Big can be good, though: I like the fact I can slide my nylon computer pouch inside one of the two compartments. I dont have toworry about my mac being shaken around inside the briefcase. One thing I'd have loved is a few slots for pencils and pens in one of the two inside pockets. And maybe a slot to put business cards in. Again minor stuff, that I almost feel ashamed to mention in light of the overall fabulousness of this bag. Conclusion: Im getting ready for more stuff from these fine people.
As a frequent business traveler, I've always used a backpack. They're pretty comfortable, and easy to throw around. After seeing far too many people with the "swiss" bags, I decided it was time to class it up. A friend referred me to Saddleback, and I'm glad he did! I debated on the size, but ended up with the Large Dark Coffee Brown. I carry 2 laptops most weeks (a Lenovo 12.5" and a MacBook Air 13"). They both fit in the bag perfectly along with all of my other supplies. I constantly get compliments - from jealous dudes and, more importantly, women who notice my fashion forward style. One thing I'll say is that the bag can get a little heavy when fully loaded. That's to be expected due to the nature of the materials and construction. Since I'm used to wearing a backpack, I bought a caribiner that attaches to the center ring. I quickly attach and detach the strap for easy conversion to a backpack and standard shoulder strap. It's also great to quickly clip the bag to your carry-on for easy maneuvering through the airport. Overall, I would highly recommend this briefcase, and I look forward to seeing how it wears in over the years!
I bought mine back in 09. When I first bought it, I was overly cautious with the handling of this bag. Not so much anymore. I use it at least 5 days a week. More if I'm out of town, which is a lot. I've taken this bag all over the United States. I've crammed it full with items and have truly tested out the stitching. I've jammed it under countless airline seats (I have a medium size). I've had airline stewardess offer to take it off my hands. It has been thrown into the back of countless rental cars. It has been jammed behind the seat of our work truck. It has ridden in many elevators. To every location I've gone and every hotel I've stayed at, this bag has been by my side.
I just opened the box of my new Classic Breifcase in size large and I am speachless! This bag is what I have been looking for for years and now its mine! I love, Love, LOVE it! What else can I buy now! If you ever had any reservations about the quality of this product, there is no reason for it. Just buy it and you will see why everyone LOVES this stuff!
Medium classic briefcase. Carbon black. A friend of mine turned me onto SBL last year. I blame him for my obsession with my bag (and everything that followed: large belt pouch, card sleeve, and big leather wallet. All carbon black). This bag is a tank for sure. It could be bullet proof, but I'm not going to test it. I jam it full of my daily essentials: notebooks, files, electronics, waterbladder, first aid kit, etc... As I train for my ultra-distance runs, I drop 40lb weights in it and hit the stairclimber. The bag laughs. I throw up. I take it everywhere: Flight attendant-sir may we check that bag for you? Me- this bag doesn't leave my side (or my back, mostly). Besides, first class has more room, thanks... Flight attendant: oh, enjoy your flight sir! I beat the hell out of this bag, and it still looks brand new...I've got work to do... Thanks Dave.
Just getcha some!! Pull the trigger. Quit thinking, "man it's so expensive though." I started with the iPad case and then a little card holder, gadget sleeve and now I've got the classic BC in medium chestnut. OMG! Got it off Dave's Deals but I honestly don't see why it was discounted. Not complaining though. Anyway, my next purchase will be the pouch and then the large pad holder and.... Like I said, just getcha some!!